April 2019

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We are deeply committed to offering excellent educational experiences for our students and we want to keep you informed of upcoming events, successes and happenings in GPISD.

April is STAAR and EOC testing month, we want to wish all of our students good luck on their test.

Here are a few tips for a successful STAAR/EOC Testing Week:

1. Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep!

2. Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast!

3. Build up your child's confidence!

4. Support and praise your child for their hard work!

5. Leave a special note in their lunch box!

6. Celebrate when testing is complete!

In Galena Park ISD, our students are extremely important to us and so are you. Please enjoy this edition of a newsletter especially designed for you.

Thank you for staying connected!

2019-2020 Registration Information

Save the Date!

All currently enrolled students who will be attending a GPISD school for the 2019-2020 school year are required to complete Returning Student Verification (RSV). Once again, this will be a two-part process.

1) Proof of Residence (delivered to your child's campus)- April 8-May 3

2) Online Skyward Registration- July 2019

Any returning parent who does not provide the Proof of Residence to the campus by May 3rd will need to appear in person during New Student Enrollment.

Additional RSV information will be made available on the GPISD website by April 5.

April's Attendance Letter

Regular school attendance is not only important to a child’s academic success; it is an expectation. Did you know that if a student is absent from school for ten or more days, or parts of days, within a six-month period in the same school year, the student’s parent is subject to prosecution under Education Code 25.093, and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct under Family Code 65.003(a)?

In order to prevent such legal actions, be sure to monitor your child’s attendance and require them to attend school every day! Send children to school unless they are truly sick and seek help if chronic illness is a challenge. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, counselors, or school administrators for advice on how to make him or her feel comfortable and excited about learning. In the event that your child does miss school, be sure to submit a note within 3 school days in order for unavoidable absences to be excused (See Education Code 25.087 for guidelines on excused absences).

Remember, students who Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. Don’t let absences add up.

2019 GPISD School Calendar

Click on the 2019 GPISD SCHOOL CALENDAR link to view the 2019-2020 district calendar

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Two-Way Immersion Program flyer

Click here for more information

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Flyer

Click here for more information. **note: this registration is for Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten ONLY

Updating Your Blackboard ParentLink Information

Are you receiving text messages, emails or calls from GPISD in the wrong language or not receiving any messages/calls?

If you are having any of these issues, the information we have on file for your child(ren) may be out of date!

You will need to provide the following information to update your ParentLink Portal:

  • Your child's name
  • Your child's campus
  • Your child's date of birth
  • Your name
  • The updated phone number and email address

To update your information, you can contact the Communications Department several different ways:

1. Email us at communications@galenaparkisd.com

2. Call 832-386-1505

3. Call 832-386-1253

College Readiness

College Tuition Information

Click the College Bound picture on the left to see which colleges are offering FREE tuition based on family income.

**note: students MUST be accepted to the college in order to qualify for the free tuition offers

ACT/SAT Tutorial and Test Dates

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March Board Meeting Recognitions

Coach Benitez Named Coach of the Year

Galena Park ISD would like to congratulate Coach Sam Benitez, North Shore Senior High basketball coach, for being named Coach of the Year for the Greater Houston Area.

In his first year as head coach, the North Shore Mustangs went 33-4 overall, 12-2 in district and won first place at the Goose Creek ISD and Pasadena ISD Tournaments. The Mustangs went 56 days without a single loss and even earned the title of state’s top-ranked team at one point during the season. They ended the regular season as Region 3 Champions and advanced to the playoffs where they played in the State Final Four Semi-Finals.

Congratulations, Coach Benitez!

April Mental Health Tip

Read all about Social Media and School Crises

Digital Story/ Perfect Match

Support GPISD Athletic Department

Click on the link above to view athletic schedules.

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District Holidays

April 19-22: Easter Break

Testing Dates

April 9: English I EOC

April 9: STAAR testing- Writing: Grades 4 and 7

April 9: STAAR testing- Mathematics: Grades 5 and 8

April 10: STAAR testing- Reading: Grades 5 and 8

April 11: English II EOC

April Observance Days

April 1-30: National Child Abuse Prevention

April 1-30: Mathematics Awareness Month

April 2: International Children’s Book Day

April 7-13: National Library Week

April 9: National Library Workers’ Day

April 19: Good Friday (District Holiday)

April 21: San Jacinto Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 22-26: Administrative Professionals’ Week

April 22-26: Public School Volunteer Week

April 24: Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 29: Student Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week (April 29 –May 3)

April 29: National Children’s Book Week (April 29 –May 3)

Two-Way Immersion Program

Thursday, April 4th, 5pm

12936 Sarahs Lane

Houston, TX

Parents of incoming Kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year who are interested in applying for the Two Way Immersion Program at Woodland Acres Elementary are invited to attend the upcoming informational meeting.

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, April 8th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX

Community Council PTA

Tuesday, April 16th, 10am

1000 Keene Street

Galena Park, TX

PTA members, parents, and community members are encouraged to attend.

Location: Galena Park High School

Have you downloaded our GPISD App yet?

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How To Access Your Child's STAAR Scores

Did you know you can access your student's STAAR scores on the Texas Assessment Management Parent Portal?

Just go to their webpage, https://txparentportal.emetric.net

If you do not know your student's access code click on "Look Up Access Code" in blue beneath the login area. The PEIMS ID code is your student's state ID or Social Security Number without any dashes.

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The Mission of Galena Park ISD

The mission of Galena Park ISD is to prepare students to become productive citizens and life-long learners.